Arthur D. Little adds Simon Vessey to partner team

13 April 2023 2 min. read
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Historic advisory brand Arthur D. Little has appointed Simon Vessey as a Partner in its UK wing. Bringing almost three decades of experience to the role, Vessey joins the firm’s global automotive practice, at a time of major change in the sector.

Around the world, the automotive industry finds itself shifting gears, with automation, electrification, connectivity and mobility transforming how consumers and corporations alike utilise vehicles. At the same time, a growing appetite to be more sustainable among consumers, crossed with huge rates of inflation, mean that more drivers than ever before are looking to second-hand and refurbished vehicles – transforming the markets for both new and old motors in the process.

Amid this, the automotive team of Arthur D. Little (ADL) is working to help clients around the world cope with those trends. As it seeks to bolster its offering in the sector, ADL has welcomed Simon Vessey to its London office – where he will advise clients on a wide range of strategy and customer insight-led revenue growth topics, with a focus on the challenges faced by automakers in relation to future mobility and distribution.

Simon Vessey, Partner, Arthur D. Little

Hiroto Suzuki, Global Practice Leader for Automotive at ADL, commented, “We are delighted to have Simon join the firm to bolster our global automotive practice. With his extensive experience and deep understanding of the automotive industry, Simon will be an integral part of our team as we help our clients navigate the complex challenges facing the industry today. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to his contributions in driving innovation and growth for our clients.”

With over 27 years of experience helping senior executives navigate strategic challenges, Vessey commenced his career at Corporate Value Associates (CVA) – a French origin consultancy – back in 1995. During his time at CVA he worked on a variety of projects including hydrogen strategy, country operations, sales transformation, and M&A support, amongst others.

Since then, he has worked across multiple markets, including the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, South Korea, Japan, and Australia. In the last seven years, this also saw him take on the role of Partner and Head of CVA London – where in addition to his specialisation in the automotive sector, Vessey has also worked extensively in retail banking, payments, and electricity utilities, as well as the public sector.

Commenting on his new challenge as an ADL Partner, Vessey added, "I am excited to join ADL’s Global Automotive practice and work with such a passionate and innovative team. The automotive industry is undergoing rapid transformation and I look forward to applying my expertise to help clients navigate this dynamic landscape.”

Generally recognised as the world’s oldest management consultancy, ADL has a long history of supporting landmark innovations, in and beyond the automotive sector. Recently, this saw HALO Space, a company which launched from ADL’s innovation incubator, announce its second test flight – as it seeks to make regular near-space tourism a reality.